2020

Official Selection
Narrative Short
United Kingdom
Runtime:
14 minutes
59 seconds
Director:
Dekel Berenson

REIFF 2020

Living in war-torn Eastern Ukraine, Anna is an aging single mother who is desperate for a change. Lured by a radio advertisement, she goes to party with a group of American men who are touring the country, searching for love.

Official Selection
Narrative Short
United States
Runtime:
9 minutes
Director:
Sheldon Wong Schwartz

REIFF 2020

A creative writing instructor (Jennifer Morrison, "Once Upon a Time") at a juvenile detention center finds common ground with a troubled student (Madison Wolfe, "I Kill Giants") yet quickly finds herself in great danger when she decides to help her.

Official Selection
Documentary Feature
United States
Runtime:
1 hour(s)
10 minutes
Director:
Karla Murthy

REIFF 2020

Among the industrial ruins of America, a new generation is rebuilding home.

When the steel mills shut down in Youngstown Ohio, it shattered a way of life. Over half the population left. Thousands of empty blighted homes were left behind, eroding the social fabric of this once mighty industrial base. Like many post industrial towns, persistent joblessness, crime and poverty plague the city.

Filmed over the course of 2 1/2 years, this film weaves the lives of a new generation of residents who have grown up in a world of post industrial decline. Unlike their parents generation, haunted and traumatized by watching their way of life crumble around them, this generation is able to envision a new future, and they are working to make a life for themselves in their hometown.

This film is an inspiring testimony to the modest but profound resilience and dedication it takes to transform a community. A crucial story to be heard at a time of extreme inequality, divisiveness, upheaval and uncertainty, "The Place That Makes Us" is a meditation on the meaning of home in America today.  

Official Selection
Australia
Runtime:
1 hour(s)
25 minutes
Director:
Selina Miles

REIFF 2020

In 1970s New York, photographer Martha Cooper captured the some of the first images of graffiti appearing on the city’s subway carriages. Decades later, she realises she’s become an unexpected icon of the street art world. Now, at age 75, must navigate her way through this vastly

Official Selection
Narrative Short
Spain
Runtime:
3 minutes
Director:
Carlos Gómez-Trigo

REIFF 2020

Karl spins the spoon from his coffee. Something spins even faster inside Tony's head.

Official Selection
Experimental
United States
Runtime:
5 minutes
50 seconds
Director:
Daniel Yocum

REIFF 2020

A homeless heroin addicted prostitute in Nashville, Tennessee seeks transcendence from her suffering.

Official Selection
Documentary Feature
United Kingdom
Runtime:
1 hour(s)
26 minutes
Director:
Various

REIFF 2020

In the middle of an environmental and humanitarian catastrophe a young poet raps in the forest.

My Blood Is Red is a music documentary with a very dark heart. It follows the fortunes of a young indigenous rapper as he tries to make sense of the violence being meted out against his people. His name is Werá and his lyrics are fuelled by the anger and sadness he feels, confronted by the state-condoned genocide of the disenfranchised indigenous of Brazil. On his journey he is adopted by Criolo – one of Brazil’s most famous music artists and godfather of Brazilian hip-hop. He’s also comforted and counselled by Sonia Guajajara, the internationally recognised indigenous leader and charismatic figurehead of the indigenous struggle.

Driven by beats and lyrics we descend into a world of official violence and end up at the largest assembly of indigenous people in Brazil – a demonstration against the government’s barbaric policy of arming farmers, loggers and miners. Thousands of painted and feathered indigenous people – men, women and children – hurl coffins at the Senate building and are repelled with tear gas and rubber bullets.

So actually, this is a film about genocide. And one young artist's response to it.

Because we present as a music documentary we are able to carry this message of the indigenous struggle to commercial and world-music audiences that otherwise might never hear of it. That is the power and the duty of the documentary form – to take an audience on an emotional journey that leaves them with a deeper understanding of the variety, and yet also the shared space of the human experience.

Like Werá says: “We are all Guarani Kaiowa”.

He’s still rapping in the forest today …

As it burns down around him.

Official Selection
Narrative Short
United States
Runtime:
21 minutes
30 seconds
Director:
Grant Cottingham

REIFF 2020

Kevin just got a job listening to people through their smart speakers, but now he finds himself making a deal with one unusually smart speaker in order to keep it.
 

Official Selection
Narrative Short
United States
Runtime:
10 minutes
27 seconds
Director:
Marti Young, Alan Brazzell

REIFF 2020

When the nefarious Dr. Black threatens the future of Nashville, it's up to Wonderboy to save the day.

Official Selection
Experimental
Iran
Runtime:
23 minutes
54 seconds
Director:
Hajeer Moradi

REIFF 2020

A boy starts a surreal journey when he walks into a bizarre house where he encounters a series of dream- like incidents that leads him to death. However, when he resurrects, he must encounter his own inevitable truth.

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